Sunday, March 2, 2008

Happy Sunday

Good morning and happy Sunday to you.
Things are hard now. There is the fear of recession and a new thing called stagflation-- whatever that is. I'm not even sure what the difference between recession and depression is.
My parents lived through the Great Depression. They told us the way it was then. But for all that no one had any money, there was a real sense of community. People shared what they had. Even before that, in the years before the Depression, before the fall of the stock market, in the time when my book, THE VIOLIN, takes place, people took care of one another.
There was no social security, no medicare or medicaid, no government programs. People became inventive. They made clothes from flour sacks and put cardboard in their worn-out shoes. There was no shame in poverty and there was no whining about being poor. Everybody was poor. But they worked together to help one another and they enjoyed the kindness of their family, neighbors and friends.
So what if there were a recession or depression today? Would we rally toward each other? Would we console and help one another? Would we become like the characters in my book acting from a love of humanity?
The depression started an upheaval of social change. Would that kind of economic disaster do the same today? As humans, would we band together for the better good? What are your thoughts. What would you do?
All good things to your corner of the universe.
Sarah McNeal

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